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Gabrielino were of the Shosonean language group Indians moved into the Irvine area 2,000 years ago, establishing dozens of villages. They enjoyed an abundant food supply of shellfish, waterfowl and land animals. They lived in round, woven huts and were excellent basket weavers and makers of seashell and stone jewelry.
Then came the Spanish explorer, Gaspar de Portola in 1769. Then in 1831 the King of Spain parceled out theh lands for missions and ranches. Those ranches were the Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana, Rancho San Joaquin and Rancho Lomas de Santiago.
Many of the Spanish ranch owners fell on hard times and many of their parcels were sold in 1866. Irvine, Flint and Bixby were devoted to sheep grazing and acquired the 47,000-acre Rancho Lomas de Santiago.
Around the 1900's the Irvine family converted from livestock to growing orchards such as olives and citrus. By 1959 land was sold to the University of California who divided up the surrounding land into villages.
By 1971, the City of Irvine was incorporated.
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